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Old 01-11-2022, 03:58 PM
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Default First Flight exceeds all expectations

In the final moments i questioned everything. Have i done enough to get the result I want? Will i live to see tomorrow ? I countered this with positive thoughts like - I’m not the first person to do this, it’s a proven design, everyone else was ok…. But am I a good enough pilot to handle the problems that will certainly arise ?

Throttle forward. Slow and smooth. Gauges green, Airspeed alive. I know the plane is going to be way out of trim. Ready for anything. Liftoff. Hands off ?!?

Climb out, wait stop climbing, must level off. Ok we are going to accelerate this beast into the yellow arc, be ready for anything. Trim it out. Control surfaces look good. Temps coming up. I am going REALLY fast. There is traffic below me everywhere and the panel is calling it all out.

A few laps in I just can’t believe that every gauge is perfectly in the green and my oil temp is at 183

187 KTAS. 79 % power. Drinking the fuel at 17.5

Yes it’s real. Everything is ok. You’re ok. You did it.

I wanted the least experimental plane I could build. My dar said this is it.

Circling the airport for one hour in the yellow arc with a lot of traffic is stressful. Picked my spot and slowed her down and got her down with a solid B+ landing. Took the cowl off and haven’t gone through it deep yet but nothing so far.


Vans. The quality, the instructions, the support. I can’t believe how good this kit is.

Aerotronics- it always felt like I was their only customer. Lightning fast email response. Extremely patient with me.

Lycoming and hartzell. Smooth and solid

Aircraft specialty ! Cleveland Tool !

Classic aero ! E mag air

Michael Seager training

Plane Schemer ! Helped design and coach me through this difficult scheme !

YOU ! VAF and Facebook groups. It’s just not possible without all of you.

My “masters degree” is now complete. Quite the learning experience. But the learning isn’t over.

Regrets ? Not really. Building is expensive in money and time though. I built most of this plane from 5:30-8 am in the morning. 2 yrs and 2 months.
Half QB. Self painted. Estimating 2500 hours.

Seems like a waste to come this far and not use your skills and knowledge to do it again. 😉 maybe later.
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Erik Mortenson
Rans S-20 low and slow
Rv-14 phase 1
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Old 01-11-2022, 04:25 PM
KevinPereira KevinPereira is offline
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Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Wow that is one sexy bird, congrats! Can't wait to be in your shoes.
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Old 01-11-2022, 04:27 PM
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Congrats! Beautiful plane.
2019 12iS SLSA
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Old 01-11-2022, 04:30 PM
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Default Nice Bird !!!

Congratulations on a job well done.
Let the fun begin for you and enjoy the ride !!!
2022 =VAF= paid
RV-8 SB #83274
Grove Airfoiled Gear, Wheels & Brakes
VPX-Pro, EFII System 32, EarthX batteries
Aerosport IO-375, MTV-9-B/183
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Old 01-11-2022, 07:10 PM
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Now you've done it, you've tasted it. You'll never be the same again.
Greg Niehues - SEL, IFR, Repairman Cert.
Garden City, TX VAF 2022 dues paid
N16GN flying 1,000 hrs and counting on 91E10; IO360, SDS, WWRV200, Dynon HDX, IFD440, G5
Built an off-plan RV9A with too much fuel and too much HP. Should drop dead any minute now.
Pending Repeat Offender - 10 kit is on order. TDI? Turbine? Stay tuned!
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Old 01-11-2022, 07:13 PM
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Congrats Erik! Time to update your signature.
Glenn Martin
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1941 Tiger Moth
2017 Waco YMF-5
RV-14 Kit # 140694 - First Flight June 22, 2021
RV-14 A - Kit Ordered February 8, 2022
2022 Dues Paid
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Old 01-11-2022, 07:31 PM
rockwoodrv9 rockwoodrv9 is offline
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Location: Meridian ID, Aspen CO, Okemos MI
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I have been following your build. Congratulations on getting finished and flying! What an amazing thing to accomplish. My first flight was amazing and my first solo is tattooed on my brain!

Next time we are in the SLC - Logan area I would love to see your plane. We are in West Jordan quite often - right next to he airport!

Have fun.
Williamston MI
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Old 01-12-2022, 03:51 AM
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Default Awesome!

Beautiful aircraft. Enjoy!
Jeffrey T Jones
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First Flight July 10, 2018
Flight testing completed August 14, 2018
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Old 01-12-2022, 04:34 AM
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Originally Posted by erikpmort View Post
Throttle forward. Slow and smooth. Gauges green, Airspeed alive. I know the plane is going to be way out of trim. Ready for anything. Liftoff. Hands off ?!?
Loved the write up of things that pop in head for first flight. You didn't write emotions experienced after landing, those that cause the “RV grin”. Those are special.
Based Creve Coeur Airport (1H0)
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Old 01-12-2022, 06:09 AM
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Default Sweet!

Very nice!!!! Congrats!!!!
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